As Third Sector Interface for the Falkirk Council area, we're a local, independent charitable company which exists to promote, develop and represent the third sector and volunteering. We provide a range of services predominantly to volunteers and third sector organisations, but also provide support and assistance to statutory partners to engage better with the third sector.


CVS Falkirk's New Website Coming Soon

CVS Falkirk are currently developing a new website which will be launching soon.  Watch out for upcoming announcements to know the publication date of the site!

Save the Date - CVS Falkirk's Christmas Charity Fayre

CVS Falkirk's annual Charity Fayre will be held on Saturday 29th November,  St Modan's Church. Further details about the event and how to book a stall will be available soon.

Older People's Housing

Corporate and Neighbourhood Services are holding a consultation in the Falkirk Council area and wish to speak to groups who are interested in Older Peoples Housing. 
The sessions will last around one hour, dates and times to be confirmed.
If you are interested in taking part please contact Rita Jardine, Partnership Officer on 01324 590797 option 2 or by e mail

Forth Valley Sensory Centre Sponsored Walk

FVSC is holding a Sponsored Walk around the Lagoon in the Helix Park on Saturday 27th September 2014 from 10am-12pm to help raise much needed funds to keep their service running.
Forth Valley Sensory Centre works with Adults and Children with visual impairment and/or hearing impairment across the Forth Valley Area, providing valuable services and programmes to improve the quality of life of those affected and their families.
They are looking for people to take part in the walk as well as people to help out on the day as sighted guides.

If you are interested in taking part in the walk or helping out on the day please call 590888.  Sponsorship forms are available at the Sensory Centre Reception Desk or by calling 590888

CSREC 30th Anniversary

Central Scotland Regional Equality Council work towards the elimination of all kinds of discrimination and promote good relations between people of different backgrounds through a variety of projects.

This year they are celebrating their 30th Anniversary and have chosen to do a sponsored walk to raise money for Strathcarron Hospice. The walk will take place on Saturday 20th September 2014 from the Helix at approximately 9.30am.

If you are interested in joining the walk please contact: Claire Harvey on 01324 468766 or email

Free Conflict Resolution Seminar

Cyrenians would like to invite you to their FREE seminar ‘Family Mediation: Preventing Homelessness and Repairing Relationships’ which will be held on Tuesday 23rd September at the Falkirk Stadium, 9.30am-1.00pm with tea and coffee provided (please note that lunch will not be provided).

The event is being run in partnership with the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution, Family Mediation Central, and Family Mediation Service (Falkirk).

For further information and to reserve your place at the FREE event please visit email or call 0131 475 2493.

Living Streets Free Training

Living Streets is the national charity that stands up for pedestrians. Thanks to funding from Paths for All and Scottish Government, Living Streets will be delivering four FREE Community Street Audit Training sessions as part of their Walkable Communities project.
The sessions will be held over a full day and lunch and refreshments will be provided.
  • 22nd September – Glasgow, The Albany Centre
  • 30th September – Dundee, Number 10
  • 28th October – East Kilbride, The Village Centre
  • 4th November – Falkirk/Camelon – Forth Valley Sensory Centre
If you would like to find out more, sign up for a training session, or get in touch with a member of staff at Living Streets Scotland, please visit

Autism - Getting it Right for Everyone 
One Day Conference

Tuesday 28th October 2014
9.00am – 4.00pm
Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride
Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability are hosting a one day conference, in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire and the Options Group. It will bring together a group of experts to share their knowledge of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome with multi-agency professionals, carers and families.

You can book your place by visiting

Patient Opinion Information Session

Wednesday 24th September
The Alliance, Venlaw Building, 349 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4AA
Patient Opinion will be holding a short presentation on how their service works followed by an informal chat about ways to involve other groups and organisations.
Patient Opinion is an independent, not for profit organisation that uses the power of the web to carry the voices of patients and carers to the right bit of the health service to help them improve.
For further information and to register for the session, please contact Natalie or call 0141 416 8208

Take the Mystery out of Personal Centred Planning
3 Day Course

15th, 16th October & 26th November 2014
10.00am – 4.00pm
Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability offices, Merchant Exchange, Glasgow
Places cost £350 per person including 1 hour aftercare via telephone or email. (£50 discount if 3 or more places are booked at any one time)
Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability is hosting a 3 day course around person centred planning which is an approach that empowers people to make changes in their life, achieve their dreams and live the life they want.
For further infomation and to book a place email: or call John Somerville at SCLD on 0141 559 5720 alternatively you can book online by visiting
For a full list of their scheduled open courses please visit

Welfare Reform - Where are we now?

Thursday 30th October 2014
10.00am – 3.00pm
Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability offices, Merchant Exchange, Glasgow.
Cost: £55 per person

This is a one day course held by Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability provides delegates with an introduction to the current situation on the Welfare Reform, recent changes and what the future is set to be. 
The course covers:
• Employment Support Allowance
• Universal Credit
• Passported Benefits
• Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
• Assessment Process & Timescales
To book a place email  or call John Somerville at SCLD on 0141 559 5720 alternatively you can book online by visiting

An Introduction to the Autistic Sprectrum Training Course

Thursday 9th October 2014
9.30am – 4.00pm
Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability offices, Merchant Exchange, Glasgow
Cost: £110 per person
The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability invites you to book a place on this new one-day course, which will provide you with an introduction to Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
To book please  or call John Somerville at SCLD on 0141 559 5720 alternatively you can book online by visiting

Adult Support and Protection Training Courses October 2014

COURSE - Awareness and Reporting, Level 2a

Stirling Council Venue
  • Monday 6th October, 9.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-4.30pm
Stirling Community Hospital
  • Tuesday 21st October , 9.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-4.30pm
COURSE - Recognition and Response, Level 2b

Falkirk Council Venue
  • Thursday 9th October, 9.30am-4.30pm
Stirling Community Hospital
  • Wednesday 22nd October, 9.30am-4.30pm
COURSE - Investigative Interviewing

Falkirk Council Venue
  • Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th October, 9.30am – 4.30pm
COURSE – Post Harm Day 1

Clacks Council Venue
  • Thursday 23rd October, 9.30am – 4.30pm
COURSE – Post Harm Day 2

Clacks Council Venue
  • Thursday 30th October, 9.30am – 4.30pm
For further information on any training dates email

Vacancy - Scottish Pre-School Play Association

SPPA are looking to recruit a Depute Chief Executive
Salary: £34,493 - £43,609  (scale points 40 - 50)
Location: Glasgow

SPPA is an award winning, national early year’s membership organisation and is Scotland’s largest voluntary sector provider of services and support to families and community early years groups. 
They are seeking an experienced manager to join their Senior Management Team and lead on SPPA’s Early Years projects and services.  The candidate will work closely with the Chief Executive to help deliver their strategic aims and represent the organisation both locally and nationally.
The closing date for applications is Monday 22nd September 2014 at noon.
Application packs can be downloaded at
Please do not send CVs as only completed SPPA application forms will be considered.
For further information on the application process, please email or call Lesley Campbell on 0141 221 4148.

Welfare Reform Survey

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is researching the impact of welfare reform on organisations, service users and communities.  Their aim is to report on the cumulative effects of welfare reform, what can be done to support organisations and what’s needed to mitigate the effects of welfare reform, as well as providing recommendations to the Scottish Government.  
They have put together a short survey that they would like organisations to complete to tell them of their experiences and ideas for mitigation. 
The link to the survey is

Climate Change Fund Update

Time is running out for community groups to apply for 2015/2016 financial year funding available through the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) and Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF). 
The CCF is a Scottish Government programme, managed and developed by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful and provides funding for community groups to tackle climate change. 
Grants up to £150,000 per project are available for community groups to run one year projects that plan to commence activities in April 2015.
Further grant panels will take place in 2015 only if funds remain after the December 2014 Grant Panel.
Please contact Keep Scotland Beautiful for further assistance.

Forth Valley Top Toes Receptionist

Forth Valley Top Toes is providing a volunteer based personal foot care service for over 50's. This project aims to support the work of the NHS Podiatry services, allowing them to focus on quality care for those who really need it.  They are looking for volunteers to provide reception and administrative support to a necessary and valued service.
For further information, please contact a member of the Volunteering Team on 01324 692000 or email

Forth Valley Top Toes Footcare Specialist 

Forth Valley Top Toes is a new project providing a personal foot care service for people over 50 who have difficulty managing their own foot care.  Good foot care can be a contributing factor in reducing falls and improving health and wellbeing for older people.  This opportunity is to provide toenail clipping and general foot care advice to people over 50 in a local clinic setting.
For further information, please contact a member of the Volunteering Team on 01324 692000 or email

Kelpie Lock Keepers

The Seagull Trust seek volunteers to assist with Kelpie Boat Trips on the Canal as part of the new Helix Kelpie’s experience running until mid-October. 
The Boat Trips will be operated by Seagull Enterprise Limited in partnership with the Lowland Canals Volunteer Group and Scottish Canals. 

They need a team of volunteers to assist the Boat Trips through the operating of two canal locks.  The Boat Trips will run daily from 11am until 3.30pm. 

For further information contact Ronnie Rusack on 07801430981 or email

St Andrew's Church

St Andrew’s Church Bo’ness are currently looking for volunteers to be part of the Bounce Higher team to support children's work, namely children who are socially disadvantaged with multiple adversities such as poverty, poor parenting and living in isolation.
If you would like further information regarding this opportunity then please contact the Volunteer Team on 01324 692000 or email

Stoneywood Community Projects

Property Maintenance Services
Stoneywood Community Projects is a social enterprise offering services to organisations, charities and individuals in the Falkirk District who need property maintenance work carried out. They undertake all types of work including painting, landscaping, grass/hedge cutting or general garden tidy ups. All they ask in return is a donation towards the work group.
Any enquiries contact Robert on 07592496001 or email 

Social Enterprise Academy Training Programme for Falkirk Developing Your Social Enterprise

Starting 1 October 2014
Each session will take place at the Falkirk Wheel, 10am-4.30pm.
Cost: Free with lunch provided.

This practical programme will allow individuals to enhance core business knowledge and learn about tools and skills to help develop a sustainable social enterprise.

There are 4 days delivered over 8 weeks, with each day focusing on a key business development function.
Day 1: Social Enterprise Planning - 1st October
Day 2: Marketing Your Social Enterprise - 15th October
Day 3: Managing Finance, Generating Income -12th November
Day 4: Developing Your Business Plan - 26th November

This programme is designed for individuals and organisations planning to grow their social enterprise or income generating project into or within the Falkirk and District area.
Applications can be made online at DYSE Application Form 2014 Deadline for applications is 24th September.

Community Care and Health Forum

The next CCHF meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th November, 10am-12.30pm, Falkirk Fire Station.
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